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Chest (thit-ta)

  • Place of origin:

    Pagan (made)
    Burma

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Made of baing (tretrameles nudiflora) wood, covered on the outside with black thitsi lacquer (melanorrhaea usitata), yun (incised) technique, filled with a reddish-yellow lacquer. The inside is coated with red tinted lacquer.

  • Museum number:

    IM.122-1923

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular. Hinged cover. On the top and two long sides are incised conventional paddle steamers with two funnels, surrounded with scrolling foliate ornament. On the short ends are two confronted peacocks and foliate ornament.

Place of Origin

Pagan (made)
Burma

Date

late 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Made of baing (tretrameles nudiflora) wood, covered on the outside with black thitsi lacquer (melanorrhaea usitata), yun (incised) technique, filled with a reddish-yellow lacquer. The inside is coated with red tinted lacquer.

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm, Length: 35.5 cm, Width: 23 cm

Object history note

Handwritten label on base of box: "Box found at Miji (Ngaminyan's stronghold) the property of Ngaminyan". Sent by B.C.A.F. from Taungdwinje 1887 Upper Burmah
See Scott "Gazeteer of Upper Burma and the Shan States" Part 1, Vol 1, p. 137.
Ngaminyan is probably the Min Yaung mentioned here.

Descriptive line

Burmese lacquered wood hinged thit-ta (storage box) of yun (engraved) work. Konbaung Dynasty (1752-1885). Decorated on a black ground with paddle steamers, peacocks and foliate patterns in reddish-yellow. ca. late 19th century.

Production Note

Handwritten label on base of box:
"Box found at Miji [Ngaminyan's stronghold] the property of Ngaminyan".
Sent by B.C.A.F.[the donor] from Taungdwinje [south of Pagan] Upper Burmah 1887".
See Scott "Gazetteer of Upper Burma and the Shan States"; Part I, Vol I; p. 137. Ngaminyan is probably the Min Yaung mentioned here.

Materials

Baing wood; Thitsi lacquer; Pigment; Clay; Ash

Techniques

Woodworking; Lacquering; Colouring; Incising

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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